Artists

John Cale

Welsh violist, pianist, composer, and singer John Cale's singular career began in contemporary classical music, where he was mentored by Aaron Copland and worked with John Cage and minimalists Terry Riley and La Monte Young in the 60s. He co-founded the influential band Velvet Underground along with Lou Reed. In addition to his recordings with the Velvet Underground, Cale has released numerous solo albums, including his most recent EP, Extra Playful (2011). Cale has produced seminal recordings including the Stooges' 1969 debut, Patti Smith Band's Horses (1975), Squeeze's 1978 debut, and albums by Happy Mondays, Alejandro Escovedo, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Jesus Lizard, Modern Lovers, and Medaevel Baebes, among many others. He has also written scores for films including American Psycho and Basquiat, and his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" was featured in the film Shrek. Cale was named an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010, and created an audio/video installation for the Wales Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale of Art. Never one to be satisfied with the status quo, Cale is riding a wave of experimentalism with a re-mix project featuring collaborations with a new breed of electronic artists including Actress, Maria Minerva, and Tim Hecker as a precursor to his forthcoming full-length studio album. Cale appeared at BAM's 1989 Next Wave Festival in Songs for Drella-A Fiction. For more information, visit john-cale.com.